Care home enjoys Wild West fun

Yee-Haw! Staff and residents of Colten Care’s The Aldbury care home donned stetsons and face paints for a Wild West themed children’s party and summer fete.

Denise Arthur-Briskham, Home Manager at the specialist dementia home in Ringwood Road, Poole, said: “Everyone loves the Wild West, so we invited residents’ grandchildren as well as children from the local area to come and have some cowboy fun and games in our gardens.

“Our residents were joined by around 100 visitors – many of whom were enjoying their first Aldbury event – and were entertained with country and western music from the singer Mike Sydway, plus a tasty barbeque ‘cook-out’. It was a really smashing day. “

The Fete was officially opened by the home’s newest residents Betty Cocks, 89 and Jean Gulliver, 92.

Mrs Gulliver said: “My husband Reg was a resident here and was very happy. When he died I felt so attached to the staff and people here I decided to start coming for day care every Friday.

“It’s a wonderful home and I feel really honoured to have cut the opening ribbon with Betty.”

Denise Arthur-Briskham, added: “We had games and a raffle with 62 prizes, including the weekend use of an amazing BMW.

“And especially popular with the adults and children was the Wet Sponge Throw in which our staff and some of our brave visitors were given a thorough soaking!”

All money raised will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Picture caption: Staff, residents and visitors enjoyed Wild West-themed fun at The Aldbury care home’s summer Fete.

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aldbury4Note to Journalists: With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company based in Lymington, Hampshire. It has 20 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Colten Care is also committed to raising money for charitable causes. Residents in each home are encouraged to nominate a main charity to help every year, leaving scope for other organisations to be supported too. Activities organisers, social carers and other team members then enable residents to contribute directly in meaningful ways such as making arts and crafts to sell at fundraising fetes and suggesting ideas for sponsored quizzes. In 2015, Colten Care residents and team members raised nearly £32,000 for charity.